Lest we forget- Over 65 million people were killed, which was over 2.5% of the world population, during World War II.
Lest we forget- Civilians killed: from 40 to 52 million, including 13 to 20 million from war-related disease and famine.
Lest we forget- Total military dead: from 22 to 25 million, including deaths in captivity of about 5 million prisoners of war.
Lest we forget- the young boys conscripted into armies all over the world.
Lest we forget- the men and women who gave their lives to their governments, countries and families.
Lest we forget…….
Lest we forget those who returned-CHANGED! Carefree youth marked in body, mind or spirit but also those who came through suffering enobled.
Here is something i wrote on Remembrance day and put on Facebook
Today is a day to reflect on those who sacrificed themselves for our freedom.
The First World War has passed into the history books as the final Tommy passes away. We see the Chelsea Pensioners of the Second World War march across The Albert Hall accumulated years in excess of 1400.
These men all remembering those left, still young, on the fields. We watch the poppy petals fall, each a soul lost.
I remember those killed in the Falklands 30 years ago, and those left with the scars of battle, on their bodies and in their minds.
I remember those killed in recent conflicts. The Gulf, and in Afghanistan.
I remember Jonathon Ball and Tim Parry and the innocent victims of war fought on different fronts.
I remember Ste and Tom. Two of my daughter, Natalies’ best friends, killed within a month of one another in Afghanistan.
I grieve for the loss of my daughter’s innocence the night she heard they had been injured, and then died as the transient nature of life was realised.
Please remember Ste and Tom, think of their sacrifice, but, then remember their laughter, fun and life well lived.
Jonathon & Tim were young children killed by the IRA in Warrington. Tims parents were instrumental in getting the conflict in Ireland stopped.
Ste and Tom were 20 years old. One was in the Army the other a Marine. They went through school with my Daughter. I still remember vividly Natalie coming home in tears telling us the Ste had been injured. We could do nothing but hold her (Have tears in my eyes remembering this time).
That’s very moving Paul- how lovely to publicly remember those people. Would you mind if I posted this as a blog post as it would be good if many more people could read this..
War and conflict is such a terrible thing 😦
Of course you can post this. My daughters loss brings the war so close to home. She also has a boyfriend who has already done one tour of Afganistan, and will return next year.
I have enjoyed reading your blog. I found it whilst looking for recipes (like so many others). We are having a 1940’s New Year party this year. tT add to the interest we are only allowed to spend £19.40 on our costumes. (trips to charity shops).
We want to have authentic food, and will be decorating the house in 1940’s style.
Our family has celebrated New Year for at least 70 years. It is my turn to take up the tradition. Over the past years we have had a few themed parties. My profile picture is of our Masquarade ball party held two years ago. I am afraid I did camp it up a bit.. The previous year was Scottish themed and I went as the Laird. My wife is a seamstress/Tailoress and made me a wonderful Kilt.
Good luck with everything
Thanks Paul and your tradition sounds wonderful!! I hope we get to see some photos!!! And your wife being a seamstress is fantastic for these occasions! She made you a kilt? Oh my! C xxxx
Hi Carolyn, I am not certain how to add pictures to your blog, but the Kilt can be seen on FB – it is currently my profile picture